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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 03 January 2008

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 02 January, 2008, including: 1: 250k Signatures. 2: Forget The Tapes. 3: What Is Housing NZ Hiding? 4: Burma Monks Continue Struggle. 5: Bush In 2008. 6: Kenya Situation...

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 03 January 2008



The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 03 January, 2008 were...

1: 250K Signatures Signal More Bad News For The Govt

Future New Zealand Party

"If the PM thought New Zealanders would forget about her arrogant disregard for democracy when she forced through the Anti Smacking legislation in May she has more bad news on the way", said Larry Baldock, organiser of two Citizens Initiated Referenda.

2: M. Collins: Forget the Torture Tapes
Michael Collins

There’s a reflexive tendency to think the worst of the Bush-Cheney administration when scandals like the torture tapes emerge. This tendency is well justified.

3: What Is Housing New Zealand Trying To Hide?
New Zealand National Party

Revelations that a senior management job at Housing New Zealand is so sensitive that details have been blocked from ministerial briefing papers are unbelievable given the number of scandals the troubled department has already been through in the past.

4: Burma: Monks Continue Anti-Junta Struggle
Terry Evans

The All-Burmese Monks Alliance (ABMA) issued a statement yesterday, calling on the people of Burma to support their struggle against the military regime once again.

5: Bush Promises To "Sprint To The Finish" In 2008
US Information Service

"I'm going to work hard to the finish," President Bush told White House reporters at an October 17 press conference. "I'm going to sprint to the finish line." Keeping up the momentum from the November 2007 Annapolis Conference will be a top priority.

6: Kenya Situation Alarming - Winston Peters
New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters said he was deeply shocked by the killings that have taken place in a number of Kenyan cities and towns following the disputed results from the presidential elections in Kenya. More than 300 people have died in 4 days.

7: Prisoners Get TVs, Playstations Worth $45,000
New Zealand National Party

The Corrections Department spent more than $45,000 on the latest electronic gear for prisoners, then banned some of it, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power. "Taxpayers' money shouldn't be used to buy state-of-the-art gear."

8: Top Scoop Stories - 03 January 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

2007 Road Toll / Kenya Situation / Housing NZ Hiding Something? / Prisoners Get TVs, Playstations / Helen Clark Vs. Tax Cuts / 250K Signatures Vs. Anti-Smacking / Police New Year Response / Cereal-Based Food Exports / Horror Stories From Investors.

9: Oil Price Hits US$100/Barrel - Don't Panic, Plan
Green Party

The Green Party is warning that today's record breaking crude oil price of US$100 per barrel is just the first flirtation in what is going to be a long term relationship with triple digits in an ongoing trend of rising oil prices.

10: French Car Maker Citroen Reveals The New Berlingo
Ateco Automotive NZ Ltd

The Citroën Berlingo has been one of the most influential vehicles launched during the last 10 years, changing the face of markets in which it is sold. The new Berlingo, which will arrive in NZ in the third quarter of 2008.

11: Helen Clark Downplaying Tax Cuts 'Overstatement'
New Zealand National Party

"Claiming in a newspaper today that tax cuts will be 'part of the mix, but their importance may have been overstated' indicates she has backed away from meaningful tax cuts because Michael Cullen simply has no desire to implement them.

12: EUFA: New Year Horror Stories From Investors

The New Year emails to the EUFA (Exposing Unacceptable Financial Activities) website have been bringing in more horror stories from investors who have been sold a 'financial product' under the 'smoke screen' they were receiving financial advice.

13: Strong Growth In Cereal-Based Food Exports
Crop and Food Research

A new analysis of New Zealand's cereal-based foods and baked-goods sector has shown it to be achieving significant and consistent export growth. Crop & Food Research Business manager Tim Lindley says the cereal sector is moving strongly forward.

14: Christmas & New Year Holiday Drowning Toll Hits 10
Water Safety New Zealand

Statistics released today by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) for the holiday period show that there were eight recreational drowning deaths and two non recreational. The holiday period drowning toll is the highest in four years.

15: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 02 January 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 02 January, 2008, including: 1: Forget Torture Tapes. 2: UK: Honours List 2008. 3: Bush: Sprint To Finish. 4: Climbing Accident, Mt Cook. 5: Putin: New Year Address. 6: Deceased Guide: Anton Francis Wopereis.

16: On The Tragic Death Of Guide Anton Wopereis

"Anton Wopereis typified LandSAR volunteers, using his professional skills and experience to help train other volunteers, and to help rescue those who get into trouble in the wilderness," LandSAR NZ Executive Director John Scobie said.

17: New Entries Raise Stakes In Toyota Racing Series
Veritas Communications Ltd

The Lady Wigram Trophy, round two of the 2008 Toyota Racing Series, caps an action-packed Sunday of motorsport at the 3.44 km Powerbuilt Tools Ruapuna Raceway near Christchurch. The weekend kicks off New Zealand's "summer of motorsport": three solid weekends.

18: Reading Recovery Hours Slashed Under Labout Govt
New Zealand National Party

The number of hours for remedial reading tuition through the Reading Recovery programme has dropped markedly since Labour came into Government, meaning hundreds of Kiwi 6-year-olds needing extra reading help have missed out, says Katherine Rich.

19: Transport Safety Minister: Road Toll Rise Worrying
New Zealand Government

Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven says the rise in the 2007 road toll is a tragic way to end the year on New Zealand roads. "To finish 2007 with 423 road deaths is nothing short of a tragedy," said Mr Duynhoven today.

20: NZ Police Alert: Police Car Crash, Westport
New Zealand Police

At about 7.15 pm last evening, Wednesday 2 January 2008, a patrolling Police car was struck head on by a stripped down unregistered and unwarranted car in Westport. A 19 year old local youth was arrested. The constable received a minor head laceration.

21: 250K Signatures On Scrapping Of Anti-Smacking Law
Family First

"New Zealanders simply wanted policies and resources to tackle our unacceptable rate of child abuse in New Zealand. But they also know that a parent correcting a defiant child with a smack on the hand or bottom is not a child abuser."

22: 16 People Killed In 14 Crashes Over Xmas-New Year
Ministry Of Transport

Provisional figures show 16 people were killed in 14 crashes over the 2007/08 Christmas-New Year holiday road toll period. This compares to nine people killed on the roads in the 2006/07 holiday period and 22 people killed over the same period in 2005/06.

23: Auckland: New Life Into Waitangi Day Celebrations
Joint Press Release

For the first time in Auckland's history, local iwi Ngati Whatua o Orakei and the Auckland City Council will host the city's first free Waitangi Day celebration. Waitangi Day Festival '08 will be held at Okahu Bay.

24: Fisheries: Effective Deterrent Improves Compliance
New Zealand Government

In the past financial year, $4,628,000 worth of commercial and recreational boats and $113,150 worth of vehicles, as well as other fishing gear was seized by Fishery Officers, from greedy recreational fishers & organised fish thieves.

25: Playstation 3 Website Launched!
Sony New Zealand Limited

In response to consumer demand, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) today announced the launch of the first official consumer communications channel to share information about the eagerly awaited PLAYSTATION®3.

26: Don't Do Yourself An Injury When Doing It Yourself

Summer's a great time to get stuck into those jobs around the house, but before you power up your tools or climb a ladder, spare a thought for your safety. ACC receives around 10 thousand claims each year from people injured doing DIY work.

27: Benazir's Martyrdom - A Memorable Sacrifice
Tanveer Jafri

Terrorists in the name of Islam, the custodians of terrorism had given a warning & acting upon their warning have assassinated Begum Bhutto, who was struggling for the implementation of Democracy in Pakistan. They did it on December 27, 2007.

28: Fisheries Ministry Observers At Work This Summer
New Zealand Government

While many people will be heading to the beach and casting a line during their holidays, Fisheries Ministry observers will be on commercial fishing vessels, dissecting fish and gathering scientific information to help us manage our fisheries.

29: Update: 17 People Killed Over Xmas-New Year Period
Ministry Of Transport

UPDATE 10:10 am: A male Japanese tourist who was seriously injured in a vehicle crash at Mt Cook National Park yesterday has died overnight. This takes the holiday road toll to 17. This compares to 9 people killed on the roads in 06/07 holiday period.

30: GST Reduction A Boost To Canada's Economy
Canadian Federation Of Independent Business

Canada's reduction to GST and HST rates will provide a much-needed boost to the Canadian economy, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "The one-percentage point cut puts over $5 billion dollars back into the national economy," CFIB President.


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